UNHCR-UNDP Joint Secretariat

To respond to the complex and protracted nature of the Syrian crisis, the UNHCR-UNDP Joint Secretariat was first established in 2014 to consolidate cooperation between UNHCR and UNDP and to draw on the comparative advantages of their humanitarian and development tools in order to address the wide range of needs of both refugees and host countries affected by the protracted Syrian crisis.

By integrating a humanitarian and development response to the crisis, the Joint Secretariat acts as a think tank, advocacy center and a knowledge platform providing support, policy advice and analytical and programmatic tools to Country Offices and partners in the sub-region.

In addition, the JS co-chairs the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP), a nationally-led, regionally coherent framework which covers Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.

The JS is tasked with:

1. Addressing knowledge gaps through research and analysis of the Syria Crisis

The JS is engaged in multiple research studies to fill knowledge gaps concerning the Syria crisis. We focus on analyzing, and reporting on adaptive and innovative practices in the regional response to the Syria crisis in the Compendium on Good and Innovative Practices. In addition, our research spans topics including: localization, social protection, and how to improve livelihoods and economic opportunities for Syrian refugees and host communities.

2. Exercising joint leadership for the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP)

In addition to co-chairing the 3RP, the JS plays a leading role in coordination mechanisms for the 3RP planning and implementation, specifically improved monitoring and evaluation, reporting and financial tracking. Read more  

3. Providing knowledge, programme and coordination support to Country Offices and partners in the sub-region

Building on the different knowledge hubs and 3RP network base, the JS brings new programming tools and enhanced technical and coordination support to country offices and partners in context of the integrated response.

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